There are plenty of musicians out there who get a pass from metalheads. Whether it’s due to their dark subject matter, their grandiose stage show, or just how damn good their music is, a body of non-metal artists exist who metal fans might not love, but who they’ll offer a respectful nod nonetheless. However, we can’t rightly say that Sting, singer of The Police and favorite artist of moms the world over, has ever been on that list — and yet according to a new interview, the formative punk frontman considers himself “a metal singer.”
As reported by Ultimate Classic Rock, Sting recently did an interview with musician and producer Rick Beato alongside his longtime guitarist Dominic Miller. During the interview, he discussed his vocal range and technique, and why he feels that The Police’s music needs to be sung in a high register.
“Register is interesting,” Sting said. “Most heavy metal singers sing up there, so I’m a heavy metal singer – but I have a little more melody. It’s the same [kind of thing]; to get above the noise of the band you need that register. You can’t be a baritone with a rock band, really.”
Sting went on to say that “a sergeant major would scream and yell on the parade ground. You know why? Because they had to get over the sound of artillery in battle. Charge or retreat. They needed to be heard. Singers have the same need.”
For the record, before you guys get frumpy: we all know Sting is not a heavy metal singer, and we’re well aware that Sting probably does not actually consider himself a metal singer. None of Sting’s songs are about chivalrously killing a fictional foe or monster, much less roasting in the fires of Hell while Satan windmills his doodle. That said, we do appreciate the fact that Sting sees heavy metal vocals as a necessary part of rock music’s sound, as opposed to so many other classic rockers who smirk at the genre.
Check out the full interview below: